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Electric Picnic 2008 05/09/2008

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ELECTRIC PICNIC 2008!!!
And so, once again, ventured down to Stradbally, Co. Laois last weekend for the as-always excellent Electric Picnic. Much more sensibly than last year, having Dermot in tow this time, we decided to leave Dublin at 10:30am, the car all loaded up with the relevant supplies and provisions (tents, sleeping bags, booze, etc). 

Our tent, before the rest of them all moved in

Campsite: The tent, with all the space around it before the riffraff moved in

Made it to the carpark by midday, a far more respectable time than previously, and had the tent pitched by 1pm. Though the walk from the carpark with all the bags and belongings was pretty torturous, what with the wheels on the trolley collecting far more mud and straw than was strictly necessary.

Cracked open a beer while waiting by the tent in the yellow campsite for a while for the sister and her mates to turn up, which they did eventually. Damn the lazy campers though, the myhabs and teepees and the rest in the purportedly posh Tangerine Fields campsite next door taking up a humongous amount of space. Hell, next year it’s the quiet site for me, if not a camper van.

I was a big fan of them as a child...

The Stunning: I was a big fan of them as a child...

Enough with the moaning, we headed into the main area around 6pm to catch The Stunning in the Crawdaddy tent. While I may lose street-cred for this, I really enjoyed them, having been a long time fan of their work since I was a small(ish) child. Whooped it up a storm for Half Past Two and December Sky. Though I did leave straight away as soon as Joe took over the vocal duties from Steve, never liked his songs/singing much.

 

Goldfrapp playing on the main stage

Goldfrapp: Playing the main stage

Wandered round up towards the main stage in time to get a great spot to see Goldfrapp. Great show, mostly the down-tempo pastoral psychedelia from Seventh Tree, with the odd track from Supernature and Felt Mountain too, which was a nice gentle lead-in to the thunderous Strict Machine and Train. Smashing performance from the waif-like Alison, stamping around the stage like a crazed Pierrot on angry pills.

 

The giant lanterns had people swinging around inside them

O2 Area: The giant lanterns had people swinging around inside them

Back up to the bar for more beers, the Paulaner was going down a treat. Stopped off at the O2 space, there was a show on which can only be described rather lamely as “people hiding inside giant paper lanterns while swinging around the place on tall bouncy sticks”

 

Sigur Ros taking on the main stage after the sun went down

Sigur Ros: Taking on the main stage after the sun went down

Sigur Ros were up next. Sounded great, huge, almost orchestral build-ups with the plaintive vocal wailings meandering over the top. Hell, don’t need to explain it to anyone, if you know them, you know what they sound like (and what they should sound like). They did sound like that too. Loud ambient drone music with rock subtleties? Not sure if it makes sense, but it did on the friday night after quite a few beers.

 

Sigur Ros, from the engineer's box

Sigur Ros: From the engineer box way further back

Met up with Eddie and Tony towards the end of the set, who were a little miffed at the fact that the bars had shut at 10pm while they were having dinner in Portlaoise. Boys, you need to get your priorities sorted! So, we decided to head up to the tent for more beverages and refreshments. 

Went for a wander down to the Bodytonic area, where we caught the Fish Go Deep lads playing a set of classic house choons. Given the fact that this was going to go on for a fair bit longer into the night, was pretty glad we hadn’t picked the Green campsite to stay, even if it was the nearest one to us on the way in from the long march to the carpark. Tried to get some cash from the sole ATMs on the site, but failed abjectly, owing to there being no cash in the machines at all at all, so went off to bed with ourselves.

Well fed and still cranky!

Breakfast: Well fed and still cranky!

Up early in the morning, went for the showers. Queues were mad at 9am for the private showers, so we bit the bullet and went for the communal ones, which were grand, not a bother (no photos though…) Went exploring round the area, and had ourselves a lovely veggie breakfast wrap and coffee just outside the Body & Soul area. Bumped into Fergal, a mate from school, and had a chat, his mate slagged off Dermot for being a bit kranky regards the state of the toilets/campsite/anything else that was bugging him. 

 

Wandering round the picnic

Main Arena: Wandering round the picnic

Wandered further and wider, around Body & Soul, taking the sights and sounds. Eventually headed back in to camp to drop off the towels, change the t-shirts, and pick up some beers. Eddie and Tony came back in and we had several drinks, with the very chatty Michael and Darragh. Had vodka too, mmmm, Absolut Vanilla, much nicer than it sounds.

 

From waaaay back, I think she was wearing a golden witches hat and matching leotard. Glamtastic!

Grace Jones: From waaaay back, I think she was wearing a golden witches hat and matching leotard. Glamtastic!

Back into the main area, ended up running around looking for various mates of the lads, before heading into Grace Jones. Stuck to the back of the tent, unfortunately, so her show was a brief glowing spot in the distance. You could still make out her weird contortionist dancing from a mile off though. Great show, particularly pleased by the fact that she sang La Vie En Rose

Underworld were up next, another great show from the two chaps. Left just before the end, thankfully as they finished up with Born Slippy, their best known but most over-played chav-anthem track. I don’t think they even went into Nuxx!!??! (I’m a closet Underworld fanatic, for them not to do Nuxx after Born Slippy is an absolute crying shame). Can anyone tell me if they played Rez, though? I can’t remember, everything/everything was a slight blur at this stage…

A rather blurry nighttime shot of the lads and Erin

A rather blurry nighttime shot of the lads and Erin

We did bump into Erin O’Connor at one stage during the night, post Underworld, and took a blurry photo of her with the lads. And it didn’t get any less blurry, on account of having more drinks/pratfalls into our tents later on…

 

Dermot tries out the latest in festival sartorial statements.

Dermot tries out the latest in festival sartorial statements.

Sunday morning came accompanied by a hangover. Another shower, another breakfast wrap, another wander round the Body & Soul area. Dropped off Dermot’s stuff at the car, but unfortunately missed Candi Staton in the process.

 

Best show of the weekend, hands down!

Hercules & Love Affair: Best show of the weekend, hands down!

Went back into the main area again, just in time to catch an amazing set by Hercules & Love Affair. Honestly, thought it was the best set of the weekend, though feel free to correct me on that one. Danced the whole way through, right up almost at the front.

Met up with the sister and her whole entourage outside the Bacardi tent in the wholly unexpected glorious sunshine, and just about managed to resist the temptation of a Mohito or two. I’d made the decision to drive home that evening. When the lads came in, had a single pint, had to really make it last.

Had dinner in Pieminister while listening to Spearhead and Michael Franti way off in the distance (pretty good actually). Chicken and bacon, mmm, scrumdiddlyumptious. And joy of joys! It’s coming to Dublin! (Finally!)

Thankfully, the baby never popped nor pooped while we were in the tent

This Is Pop Baby: Thankfully, the baby never popped nor pooped while we were in the tent

Went into the This Is Pop Baby for the live TV show with Panti, great craic. Back out into the sun for a while, though was starting to feel a bit chilly as the wind picked up. So back into This Is Pop Baby again for the drag show. There’s something about seeing all the girls performing up on a proper stage, with a gigantic inflatable baby hanging from the ceiling that added a certain extra frisson of, oh, I don’t know, je ne sais quoi maybe? The girls never looked so good, even the one who recognised Dermot in the audience and gave him the finger.

 

So, by now it was late Sunday evening, 9pm. Would have loved to have caught The Gossip, who by all accounts were absolutely excellent, but there was a tent to pack up, and I was by now freezing my tits off. Back we went, and managed the 30 min walk/stumble back to the car. Stocked up on several Diet Cokes to keep myself awake and in the fast lane, made it home in an hour, in bed by 12, wrecked to bits.

Woke up the next morning very glad indeed of the fact that I’d wisely had the foresight to take the Monday off. Tired but still exuberated

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Jamie Lidell in the Academy 05/05/2008

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Ok, I’ve been to the best gig ever. In my life. Which either means one of three things:

1. I don’t get out often enough (it’s true, I don’t).

2. I’m a master of over-exaggeration and hyperbolae (I so am, it’s unbelievably incredible how indescribably true this is)

3. It was a great gig (this, too, is also true)

First off, it was on in the Academy, the re-branded Spirit from clubbing days of yore. Having been on several occasions in the past, including putting on a short run of club nights in the basement, I was a little dubious about it. On this, I was wrong, it’s a pretty decent mid-sized venue, though the sound was a little ropey at the bar, as is usually the case in most places anyway.

Arrived into the middle of the opening act, which was very good, smooth and low-key indie-vibed singer with a band and gyrating accordionist. She pleased at least a small section of the crowd an acapella rendition of “O ró sé do bheath abahile”, and old Irish tune learned by pretty much every Irish child the world over. Didn’t recognise her at first until she sang the last couple of songs, but finally I realised it was Mara Carlyle, who released her album “The Lovely” a couple of years ago. I can confirm that it is indeed lovely, go forth and buy it now.

So, that having surprised and impressed me no end, we only had a short time to wait until Jamie Lidell and band took to the stage. I, of course, had nipped out for a quick ciggie, so I missed the opening track “Another Day“, but even from outside on Middle Abbey Street it got my head nodding and feet all a-tapping. Heading back inside quick-smart, it was amazing how much energy he was putting into the show, and by fuck can the man sing!

Someone drew a comparison with Jamiroquai, but Mr Lidell holds no truck with stupid hats, repetively bland tunes and ridiculously affected pseudo-funky mincing/dancing around.

An immense amount of gusto, verve and pizzazz went into the performance, from the slow ballad “All I Wanna Do” (which Anna thought reminded her ofthe old soul number “A Do-Right Man”, and not to be confused with the Sheryl Crow tune of the same name), to the tight and punchy-as-fuck P-Funk riffs of “Figured Me Out“. But the place lifted off its feet for “Out Of My System“, when the band gradually slipped from the stage, leaving Lidell to do what he does so well, looping and sampling, and beatboxing and singing over the top, turning the jam into full-on club house madness, only to be rejoined by the band after 15 minutes to drop the funk back into the room with a bang which triggered off large shakings-of-booty.

Little touches like the way he sang “thank you very much” into his Antares Autotune (or equivalent device) after the synthy wonderness of “Little Bit Of Feel Good” got a laugh from the audience, and pleased the non-dancing nerdy beardy types. I of course received a double whammy of joy-joy-goodness, being heavily engaged in dancing at the time, and also being of the nerdy beardy persuasion too.

The night finished off with Jamie and Mara performing an excellent duet encore of “Wait For Me” onstage. Excellent gig, 5 star rating.

BUY HIS ALBUM too. It’s really, really great. And if he comes to town, GO TO HIS GIG. You will not be disappointed.

Electric Picnic ’07 04/09/2007

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A brief review of my weekend hereby follows:

FRIDAY

Paul Hartnoll Band

Could hear them from the campsite while putting the tent up 😦 really wanted to see them, the new album is mostly great

Manic Street Preachers
FUCK NO!!!! I ran a mile, can’t stand them, they’re muck

Hot Chip

The first band I got to see, great stuff, hadn’t caught them before, and Over and Over had the crowd bouncing like Duracell bunnies, including one gentleman in his forties who was REALLY enjoying the music

Bjork

Arty, which was to be expected, but she kind of lost the crowd till the last couple of numbers, which she blasted out with. Hunter, Army Of Me and Hyperballad were excellent though.

LCD Soundsystem

Blew the place away, fantastic, they got Daft Punk and Losing My Edge out of the way good and early, and killed everyone with the new album to the end of the set. Finished with Yeah Yeah Yeah, then came back and noodled about with a power-rock italo-disco new wave jam, although I was getting blurry at that stage, dancing my little tits off

SATURDAY

Channel One

Again, heard them from a distance waaay off in the campsite in the morning, couldn’t get down there for them, but it sounded like they were going down really well with the crowd, and recognised a load of the numbers they played out too

Marlena Shaw & Orchestra
didn’t hang round long enough to hear her play California Soul, there’s only so much free jazz a body can take

Aidan Kelly
Wandered in for a brief while to catch him chatting about his photography, some good work

Craig Armstrong
Dull, dull, dull, a shame, was really expecting a huge big orchestra on stage with him, come on, he scored “The Two Towers”, FFS!!!

Bonde Do Role
Loud and messy, caught a few songs at the end of their set, fun for all the family, unless you could understand the lyrics, in which case they’re x-rated

Hexstatic
These guys were having a lot of fun, mixing the hell out of tracks every 30 seconds or so, good craic

Angus & Julia Stone
I think… I caught some of these guys, from what I can remember they were pretty good… I think

Easy Allstars Radiodread
Pretty good, although not mad gone on reggae, but fun to try and pick out what each song was

Jarvis Cocker
Meh, wasn’t hugely impressed, so fecked off to the Crawdaddy tent instead for an incredible beatboxing performance by Rahzel

Magic Numbers
Much better than old Jarvis Cocker, and the lads really liked their stuff too, not having heard them before

Polyphonic Spree
Missed them as well, on account of Erasure (see below) – sorry I missed their show, but wild horses couldn’t have dragged me from the Electric Arena and the joys of Andy Bell and Vince Clarke

Erasure

Wow. Un. Be. Lievable. the most energetic performance of the entire fest – that I witnessed anyway – Andy Bell put so much of himself into the show, a voice that lifted the tent off the ground several times. Loved the Day Glo Girls on stage with them too, and Vince Clarke’s sound was classic, pure electro-pop that hasn’t aged a day. Ok, enough simpering and fawning, but still the most enjoyable gig of the weekend

The Jesus and Mary Chain
Oasis-clonetastic, definitely not up to scratch

Chemical Bros
Missed them, was in bed, such a lightweight

SUNDAY

Apparat Band
Heard them from outside, sounded for the most part very like M83/Sigur Ros, but still pretty cool in their own right. Didn’t go in, on account of being comfortable on the grass outside, and the fact that the bouncers were frantically re-arranging the barriers outside for some unbeknownst reason to themselves – there weren’t massive crowds thronging outside at all

Rahzel & MC Supernatural
Some genius beatboxing at this by the man Rahzel, it was his LOTR/Gollum bit that dragged us in, pretty bloody good stuff

Sonic Youth
Heard them while munching on a burger and chips, wasn’t a huge fan, and nothing’s really changed there, so many bands have copied their sounds over the years, there’s nothing really original and fresh to them any more

Soul II Soul
Fabulous, musically somewhat similar in a way to Craig Armstrong, but with real strings! More singers, including Karen Wheeler from the original lineup, just great stage presence, and they played the oldies as well as a lot of new goodies too

DJ Yoda
Again with the mixup mashups every 30 sec or so, even the security were dancing and slapping each other’s asses, total party stuff

Bodytonic Sound System
Danced to jazzy house stylings with a torch stuck into a few glass empties, laser glowstick lightsabre fun. Yes, I was pretty merry at that stage

Fujiya & Miyagi

Great, one of the bands I’d been definitely aching to see, didn’t disappoint, downtempo but funky as robots, they’d a full tent too, really enjoyed their set

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS:
Sitting in the campsite playing Layla, More Than Words and Never Been To Me on a borrowed guitar at 4 in the morning.
Dancing with an inflatable butterfly girl around a big inflatable flower thing in Body & Soul to some New Orleans ragtime jazz, attempting the Charleston and soulclapping.

Chilling out on several occasions in Body & Soul, particularly when we managed to get the beanbags, wonderfully comfortable after the madness of the previous night.
Le Bien in Body & Soul at night were great, got me dancing
(yet again)!
Running to get out of the rain into the Blue Room tent, which had been previously empty, to have it fill up while dancing to old school On A Ragga Tip and other such numbers.
Pies! Mmmmm, tasty pies.
Paulaner beer, mmm lovelyness!

Mojitos in the Bacardi tent, minty and refreshing and terribly intoxicating.
Being able to find the car with ease, even though we’d parked almost as far as humanly possible from the Yellow campsite.
Them Organic Burger Bar burgers and chips up in the back corner of the main stage area.
Getting that ticket to a mate on the friday night at 1 in the morning, and hearing that he barely surfaced the whole weekend, spending almost the entire time in some random girl’s camper van.
The moments when the sun came out more than made up for the showers every now and then.


* Apologies for the awful picture quality. And the above awful picture too.

Verdict: A great weekend all in all, definitely on the cards for next year.

seedyburnR – the first release! 03/07/2007

Posted by lmd64 in asciinoid, release, remix, review, seedyburnr.
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The first release on the seedyR sublabel seedyburnR has been released! Featuring a remix by myself of Willy Baxter’s track ‘Aiming High’, this has already gotten a great response so far:

Willy Baxter – Aiming High (Asciinoid Mix) – Great remix… great for breakdancing – very good
Mark O’Sullivan (DK7)

The Willy Baxter EP is excellent. Both mixes are awesome.
Darran Nugent (Aruba Productions)


Willy Baxter – Aiming High (Asciinoid Mix) – Great play on the original samples here. Like the simple drum line, clipped vocals and the reverbed snare. Again, the break is great. I’d definitely play this.

Paul Prior (Collective Music)

Download the Willy Baxter/H3lx ep at:

juno.co.uk
trackitdown.net
djdownloads.com
audiojelly.com

Album reviewed on Oh Muffin! 09/03/2007

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http://www.ohmuffin.com/reviews.php?ID=41

Asciinoid – Spectrum
Rating: 8/10

First thing comes to mind: shake your body and dance around. Grab some Techno, Acid, Punk and Rock throw it into a blender, take mostly Techno and Acid, with hints of Rock and Punk and you will get what Asciinoid has come up with.

Spectrum sure is exactly what it is, a mash of different electronic styles all on one album. The trick is: how does one combined such different sounds of electronic and rock music to make it work? I sure don’t know, but Liam Dunne (Asciinoid) sure does and I’m sure glad he did. All the tracks are great to dance to, but the track that stands out is his mix of Seven Nation Army. This is a no frills song, and does The White Stripes song electronic justice. Asciinoid’s album should be played anywhere there would be dancing.

-grikka

Lovely! Cheers guys!

Envelop remix reviewed and played 24/02/2007

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SeedyR recently re-released an ep by I.AM.AN.EXIT. (otherwise known as Chymera), and it included remixes/reworkings by the man himself Chymera, Corrugated Tunnel and myself. The Asciinoid remix was kindly selected by Paul Hamill for inclusion on his show ATL Dance on BBC Radio Ulster on Feb 17th. Cheers Paul! Here’s a review from Hot Press’s Barry O’Dovonan:

I.AM.AN.EXIT ‘Envelop (Remixes)’ [SeedyR]
We’re big fans of Chymera round here, so let’s admire his elegant mid-pace remix (of his own original) and focus instead on the other Irish offerings. Corrugated Tunnel retains the melody, ups the tempo and adds a crisp kick and wandering bottom end, while Asciinoid’s hyperactive mix flips the scripts impressively with major chords, choppy broken beats and the kitchen sink. Cool.
7/10
BO’D

Lmd64 remix of Def Disko ‘Nimrod’ reviewed! 08/02/2007

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Staying true to the spirit of acid house, LMD64 takes ‘Nimrod’ into noisy, glitchy cut-up land.
3.5 out of 5

Great news! Meine kleine alter-ego, Lmd64, has remixed the highly talented Def Disko’s track ‘Nimrod‘ (nothing to to do with Elgar’s 9th variation, but a cracker of a dancefloor number), the SeedyR release has gotten a well decent review from DJ Mag.
This remix of mine is the one recently played out by Mason for BBC Radio 1 (he of the great big massive and loud track ‘Exceeder‘ fame), so go have a listen/download the full release on Trackitdown.net / DJDownload.com / Audiojelly.com / Juno.co.uk!

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In Dublin magazine 21/07/2006

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In Dublin are running an article on the House Vs Techno gig in Temple Bar Music Centre on the 18th August. It’s a charity event organised for Sick, Homeless and Abandoned Children in Kenya, 10 euro on the door, all in a very good cause.

And in the Techno corner, we have Asciinoid, aka Liam Dunne (also known as Lmd64) who, along with his trusty laptop, claims to be “the evil twin brothers of Mylo and booka Shade, Vitalic and the White Stripes, Giorgio Moroder and Akufen, Eric Clapton and Underworld “. His sound is a masterful mix of minimal electro house, synch pop and just a sprinkling of punk and rock. He offers all this on a strict diet of “raw meat and booze “. A worthy opponent, I’m sure you’ll agree.


Pick up a free copy in various locations around the city, it’s the issue with the Pussycat Dolls (woo!) on the cover.